Civil War Sites

If you are seeking to discover American Civil War sites and want to find the best places to view American Civil War history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

We’ve compiled an interesting list of Civil War sites and you can find some fantastic places to see on your travels. Once you’ve explored the list of American Civil War sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring American Civil War sites.

Our database of US Civil War historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other American Civil War sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

American Civil War: Site Index

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Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco was a military base and housed Confederate prisoners during the Civil War.

Alcatraz Island was the site of a notoriously harsh prison based off the coast of San Francisco, California, this isolated position earning it the name of “The Rock”. However, prior to becoming a prison, Alcatraz Island had a long history as a military base. Initially discovered by a Spanish explorer in... Read More

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Andersonville Prison

Andersonville Prison in Georgia is a National Historic Site dedicated to all American prisoners of war.

Andersonville Prison, also known as Camp Sumter, in Georgia was a military prison established by the Confederates in February 1864, during the American Civil War. In fact, Andersonville was one of the largest of such prisons and, by April 1865, had held over 45,000 Union prisoners of war or ‘POW’s’. Over... Read More

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Antietam Battlefield

One of the most sombre Civil War sites, Antietam Battlefield saw the single bloodiest day’s battle in American history.

Antietam Battlefield was where, on 17 September 1862, General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia met Major General George B. McClellan and the Army of the Potomac in what became the most brutal battle of the American Civil War. In fact, the Battle of Antietam remains the... Read More

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Appomattox County Court

Appomattox was the village where General Robert E. Lee surrendered in 1865, ending the American Civil War.

It was in Appomattox, a village in Virginia, that General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant on 9 April 1865, marking the end of the American Civil War. The meeting took place at the home of Wilmer and Virginia McLean and lasted approximately an hour and... Read More

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Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is an iconic burial site and a national monument.

Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is both a military burial site and an iconic monument to fallen soldiers. Initially, the site of Arlington Cemetery began as a house – Arlington House – built in memory of President George Washington. The house, which still stands today, then became the property of... Read More

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Averasboro Battlefield

The Battle of Averasborough was part of the Carolinas Campaign during the American Civil War.

Averasboro Battlefield  was the site of The Battle of Averasborough, part of the Carolinas Campaign during the American Civil War. The Battle of Averasborough took place on 15 and 16 March 1865. Part of the Carolinas Campaign of the American Civil War, the Battle of Averasborough was fought between the Unionist... Read More

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Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield

Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield was the site of a Confederate victory on 10 June 1864.

On 10 June 1864, Brice's Crossroads Battlefield in Mississippi was the site of a clash between 4,787 Confederate troops led by Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest and 8,100 Union soldiers commanded by Brigadier General Samuel D. Sturgis. By this time, the Union had won several important battles such as in Gettysburg... Read More

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Chancellorsville Battlefield

Chancellorsville Battlefield was the site of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s “greatest victory” in 1863 during the American Civil War.

Chancellorsville Battlefield in Virginia was the site of a major Confederate victory during the American Civil War and part of the wider Chancellorsville Campaign, an attempt by the Unionists to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond. Fought between 30 April and 6 May 1863, the Battle of Chancellorsville saw the Confederate... Read More

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Chickamauga Battlefield

The Chickamauga Battlefield was the scene of the Confederates’ last major victory in the American Civil War.

Chickamauga Battlefield forms part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and is a major landmark in US history. In the fall of 1863, General William S. Rosecrans' Union army fought General Braxton Bragg's Confederates for control of Chattanooga, a key rail centre and what was considered the gateway to... Read More

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Cold Harbor

Cold Harbor was the site of one of General Robert E. Lee’s final victories in the American Civil War.

The Battle of Cold Harbor was part of the overland campaign of 1864 during the American Civil War. It was here in Cold Harbor that, between 31 May and 12 June 1864, the Army of the Potomac led by Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant battled General Robert E. Lee and the... Read More

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Ellwood Plantation

One of the lesser known Civil War places, the Ellwood Plantation is the site of General Stonewall Jackson’s arm which was buried there after he was wounded in the Battle of Chancellorsville.

The Ellwood Plantation (Ellwood Cemetery) is the site of General Stonewall Jackson's arm, which was buried there after he was wounded in the Battle of Chancellorsville. After being accidentally shot in darkness by fellow Confederates, Jackson's doctor Hunter Macguire amputated his left arm. It was placed in a grave... Read More

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Ford Theatre

Ford Theatre was the site where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.

It was in Ford Theatre on the night of 14 April 1865 that well-known actor John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln. A Confederate sympathiser and spy, Booth had originally planned to kidnap Lincoln, but instead shot the President in the back of the head as he watched Ford Theatre’s production... Read More

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Fort Clinch

Fort Clinch in Florida is a nineteenth century fort which changed hands several times during the Civil War.

Fort Clinch on Amelia Island in Florida is a fort built in 1847 as part of the Third System defence plan. The Third System was a plan instigated by the US government following the War of 1812 to improve the country’s coastal defences and, with its pentagonal shape and brick... Read More

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Fort Donelson Battlefield

Fort Donelson Battlefield was the scene of a major Union victory in the American Civil War.

Fort Donelson Battlefield was the site of a fierce and pivotal battle fought from 11 to 16 February 1862 as part of the American Civil War. The two parties involved were the Unionists commanded by the then Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant and the Confederates, led by Brigadier General John... Read More

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Fort Gaines

Fort Gaines was a fortification used in the American Civil War.

Fort Gaines is a nineteenth century fortification on Dauphin Island, Alabama. The island itself has a rich history, having been a French, British and Spanish colony and once having been called “Massacre Island” due to the large number of remains found there by a sixteenth century French explorer. It came under... Read More

Fort Hamilton

Fort Hamilton is a Third System Fort, a US military base and home to the Harbor Defense Museum.

Fort Hamilton is a US military base in New York built between 1825 and 1831 as part of the city’s Third System defences. The Third System forts were coastal defences built in the US following the War of 1812. Even before its construction, the site on which Fort Hamilton was built... Read More

Fort Macon

Fort Macon is a nineteenth century fort which was captured by the Union in 1862 during the American Civil War.

Fort Macon in Carteret County, North Carolina was one of a series of forts originally built to protect the state’s main deep ocean port, known as the Beaufort Inlet. The perceived threat was from countries such as Spain and Britain, who had both invaded the port in the eighteenth century. Whilst... Read More

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Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry was the site of a siege during the War of 1812 and the inspiration for the American National Anthem.

Fort McHenry in Baltimore was originally constructed as a defensive structure between 1799 and 1802. It was named after James McHenry, the Secretary of War from 1796 to 1800. However it was in the War of 1812 that this five pointed star shaped brick building served its most famous role. The... Read More

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Fort Pickens

Fort Pickens is an historic US military fort in Pensacola, Florida, named after Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens. It forms part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, a site overseen by the National Park Service.

Fort Pickens is an historic US military fort in Pensacola, Florida, named after Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens. Begun in 1829, Fort Pickens was a Third System Fort intended to protect Pensacola Harbor, a role which it fulfilled together with Fort Barrancas and Fort McRee as well as the Navy... Read More

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Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski is a nineteenth century fortification and the site of an important military test during the American Civil War.

Fort Pulaski in Georgia is a nineteenth century hexagonal brick fortification built between 1829 and 1847 as part of the Third System plan, although it would play a significant role in undermining this plan. The Third System was a defence system established following the War of 1812 to protect America’s... Read More

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Fort Raleigh

Fort Raleigh in North Carolina was the site of the famous English “lost colony” of Roanoke.

Fort Raleigh is a National Historic Park located on Roanoke Island in North Carolina, the site of an English colony which was famously “lost”. The "Lost" Colony First established between 1584 and 1590, the English colony was a first attempt by the English to colonise the “New World”, a campaign spearheaded by... Read More

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Fort Sumter

One of the best known Civil War sites, Fort Sumter was the place where the American Civil War officially began on 12 April 1861.

Fort Sumter in South Carolina was originally built in the nineteenth century as part of the “Third System” plan to defend the coasts of America following the War of 1812 against the British. In fact, it would go on to become the site of the ignition of the American Civil... Read More

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Fort Taylor

Fort Taylor in Key West, Florida is a nineteenth century Third System fortification.

Fort Taylor in Key West, Florida was originally constructed following the War of 1812, in a plan known as the Third System in order to defend America’s coasts. Its construction began in 1845 and was completed in 1866, although further changes were made to Fort Taylor during the Spanish-American Wars. Its... Read More

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Fort Warren

Fort Warren on George’s Island in Boston was a fortification built during the American Civil War.

Fort Warren on George’s Island in Boston was built by the Union during the American Civil War as a defensive structure. It was one of the ‘Third System’ plan forts intended to defend the seacoast. Fort Warren is an impressive granite building which was completed in 1861. Unfortunately, by this time,... Read More

Fortress Rosecrans

Fortress Rosecrans was built by Unionist solders in 1863 following the Battle of Stones River.

Fortress Rosecrans was a fortified structure built by the Army of the Cumberland following the Battle of Stones River in 1863. It was named after General William S. Rosecrans, who led the men during this battle. Fortress Rosecrans went on to become a vital base through which the Union army... Read More

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Fredericksburg Battlefield

Fredericksburg Battlefield is an important site of the American Civil War, where the Confederates defeated the Unionists in a fierce battle in 1862.

Fredericksburg Battlefield in Virginia was the site of the Battle of Fredericksburg, a major clash between the Unionists led by General Ambrose E. Burnside and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia led by General Robert E. Lee during the American Civil War. It took place between 11 and 15 December... Read More

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General Grant National Memorial

The General Grant National Memorial in New York is the tomb of Ulysses S. Grant.

The General Grant National Memorial, more commonly known as Grant’s Tomb, in New York is the final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant. Ulysses S. Grant was the eighteenth President of the United States, first elected in 1868 and again in 1872. A fierce military... Read More

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Gettysburg Battlefield

The most famous of all Civil War sites, this was the scene of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the fiercest and most important battles in the American Civil War.

Gettysburg National Military Park in the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is brimming with approximately 1,328 monuments, markers and memorials relating to the American Civil War. In fact, Gettysburg was just a small town until the summer of 1863, when it became the scene of one of the bloodiest battles in the... Read More

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Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestowne was the location of the first successful English colony in America in 1607 and was a key strategic location during the Civil War.

It was in Historic Jamestowne in 1607 that the English established their first successful colony in America. Previous attempts, notably that of Roanoke in 1587, had been made, but the colony the English formed in Historic Jamestowne was the root of what was to eventually become America. Due to its strategic... Read More

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Jackson Shrine

Guinea Station, the lone white building where General Thomas ’Stonewall’ Jackson died.

After being wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville, General Stonewall Jackson was taken to the Chandler Plantation in Virginia and placed in an outbuilding. His arm was amputated and he developed pneumonia. After his wife and baby arrived, he passed away on a Sunday afternoon in one of... Read More

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Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is a Greek temple style monument honouring the 16th President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln.

The Lincoln Memorial is a Greek style monument in Washington DC’s West Potomac Park. The Lincoln Memorial was built to honour President Abraham Lincoln, who was the sixteenth President of the United States of America, serving during the American Civil War, a fact that is commemorated above the giant statue of... Read More

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Lincoln Tomb

Lincoln Tomb is the burial place of President Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln Tomb in Springfield, Illinois, is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States of America. Abraham Lincoln, born 12 April 1809, was the country’s first Republican president and led the Union during the American Civil War. His Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 resulted in the... Read More

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Lookout Mountain Battlefield

Lookout Mountain Battlefield was the scene of a pivotal battle in the Chattanooga campaign in the American Civil War.

Lookout Mountain Battlefield is the site where General Ulysses S. Grant led the Union Army to victory over the Confederate forces of General Braxton Bragg in what some know as the “Battle in the Clouds”. This battle formed part of the campaign to control nearby Chattanooga, considered to be the... Read More

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Museum of the Confederacy

The Museum of the Confederacy chronicles the history of the seceded states under the Confederate government.

The Museum of the Confederacy chronicles the history of the seceded states under the Confederate government and tells the story of the Confederate army during the Civil War. From photographs and manuscripts to items belonging to Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson and other artefacts, the Museum of the... Read More

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Natchez, Mississippi

Natchez in Mississippi contains a number of historic sites and places of note including a native Indian village and historic houses and churches.

Natchez is an historic town in Mississippi which contains a number of interesting historic sites and locations. Sites to visit include a Natchez Indian village, Jefferson College and the Natchez Museum of African American Heritage. Another site to visit in the surrounding area is the Emerald Mound. Natchez also boasts... Read More

National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier explores the experiences of those who fought in the American Civil War.

The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Virginia explores the experiences of those who fought in the American Civil War. In its main exhibit, "Duty Called Me Here", the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier offers an audio guided tour of artefacts, multimedia presentations and dioramas which... Read More

Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park

Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park was the site of an American Civil War battle on 20 February 1864 won by the Confederates.

On 20 February 1864 at Olustee Battlefield, Union and Confederate troops clashed for five hours in what became Florida’s largest battle during the American Civil War. Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park now stands in commemoration of that historic battle and its 2,807 casualties. It was the Confederates led by Brigadier General... Read More

Petersen House

Petersen House was the site where President Abraham Lincoln died in 1865 after being shot across the street at Ford Theatre.

Petersen House was the boarding house where President Abraham Lincoln was taken after being shot across the road at Ford Theatre on the night of 14 April 1865. The President died the morning after arriving at Peterson House. The Peterson House Museum offers its visitors a brief tour including the room... Read More

Port Hudson

Port Hudson was the site of a lengthy siege during the American Civil War.

In 1863, the town of Port Hudson in Louisiana was the site of a forty-eight day siege by the Union against the Confederates. The Confederates viewed Port Hudson as a strategic position from which to defend the Mississippi, particularly as it was located in an acute bend in the river. Thus,... Read More

Richmond National Battlefield Park

Richmond National Battlefield Park in Virginia was a focal point of the American Civil War and the capital of the Confederacy.

Richmond National Battlefield Park in Virginia is a collection of several historic battlefields, representing some of the fiercest fighting in the American Civil War, including the Seven Days’ Battles. Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy, meaning that, between 1861 and 1865 Richmond and its surroundings were at the centre of... Read More

Shiloh Battlefield

Shiloh Battlefield was the site of the Battle of Pittsburgh Landing which took place in April 1862.

Shiloh Battlefield in Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee and Mississippi was the site of a Union victory in April 1862 during the American Civil War. Known as the Battle of Shiloh and also as the Battle of Pittsburgh Landing, this clash saw the Confederates, led by General Albert Sidney Johnston... Read More

Stones River Battlefield

Stones River Battlefield was the site of a fierce clash during the American Civil War which proved vital for the Union.

Between 31 December 1862 and 2 January 1863, Stones River Battlefield in Murfreesboro was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. Prior to the Battle of Stones River, the Union had suffered a humiliating defeat at Fredericksburg. Morale was at an all time low... Read More

Stonewall Jackson Grave

Grave of Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson.

The Stonewall Jackson Grave is the site of the grave of General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson. Located in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in Lexington, Virginia, Jackson is buried (minus his arm) along with members of his family. 'Stonewall' Jackson died from complications after he was wounded in the Battle of Chancellorsville. Visitors... Read More

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum explores the life of the 16th US president and his legacy, all in the context of wider US history.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Illinois explores the life of the 16th US president and his legacy, all in the context of wider US history. From detailed recreations of the places where major events in his life took place - the White House, his boyhood home - to genuine... Read More

The Charleston Museum

The Charleston Museum chronicles the history of Charleston and the coastal region of South Carolina.

The Charleston Museum chronicles the history of Charleston and the coastal region of South Carolina. Exhibits include a history of South Carolina’s Lowcountry from the time of early natives, a collection of weapons from the 1750s onwards and the story of Charleston during the American Civil War. There is also... Read More

The Texas Civil War Museum

The Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth holds an array of exhibits relating to the American Civil War.

The Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth explores the American Civil War, and the role of Texas within it, through a range of exhibits. Amongst the artefacts on displays, there is a large collection of weaponry, flags and clothing, including army uniforms from the war.... Read More

The US Capitol

The US Capitol is the seat of the United States Congress and an iconic building in its own right.

The US Capitol is the seat of the United States Congress, made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and, with its famous neoclassical facade and dramatic dome, is an iconic building in its own right. Construction of the first incarnation of The US Capitol began in... Read More

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Vicksburg Battlefield

Vicksburg Battlefield in Mississippi was the site of a pivotal Union victory during the American Civil War.

Vicksburg Battlefield was the site of one of the most important Union victories of the American Civil War and, together with the Battle of Gettysburg, marked a pivotal moment during the conflict. With its strategically vital location near the Mississippi River, wealth of resources, access to Richmond and ability to split... Read More

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Wilson’s Creek Battlefield

Wilson’s Creek Battlefield was the site of a major battle which defined Missouri’s role in the American Civil War.

Wilson’s Creek Battlefield was the site of the second major battle of the American Civil War. The Battle of Wilson’s Creek, also known as the Battle of Oak Hills, took place in Springfield, Missouri on 10 August 1861 and was the first such conflict to take place west of the... Read More

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Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield is the site of the final major battle of the American Revolution.

Yorktown battlefield in Virginia is the location of the final battle of the American Revolution. It was at Yorktown battlefield that, on 19 October 1781, the British surrendered to the combined forces of the French and American armies, under the command of General Washington. This dramatic action marked the end of the... Read More